By Jess Fleming   The historic, mint-green-and-mirror art deco space that houses Il Foro, the new downtown Minneapolis restaurant, is absolutely stunning. Owners Josh Thoma and Kevin Fitz-gerald of Smack Shack and the upcoming reboot of the Lexington, wisely left the former Forum Cafeteria mostly untouched.   They moved a bar and refr...

By Dennis Seid   Sometime next month, a wood-fired brick oven made in Italy will make its way to downtown Tupelo. And by late spring, a new restaurant will be serving traditional Neapolitan pizza from that oven. The pizzeria will be owned by Vince Rapisarda, who is opening in the building at 206 Troy Street that was most recently T...

By Derek Carson Since he was 17 years old, Scott Sanfilippo wanted to open a pasta shop. Now he'll finally get that chance. Sanfilippo is the owner of DiBuono Homemade Ravioli, which, should everything go according to plan, will be opening on Main Street in mid-February, just in time for Valentine's Day. The pasta shop will sell homemade froz...

by Lisa Van Eyssen   Pajamas. Wearing them anywhere with a sweater to keep warm is truly the most freeing experience. Add your cushiest slippers mixed with the quiet early morning rhythm on Montana Avenue, and you have the real comforts of home spanning the length of your neighborhood.   Now, you could always hit the local Peets or St...

Massimo Bottura is the chef at Osteria Francescana, which came in at No. 3 in Restaurant Magazine's "World's Top 50 Restaurants" ranking. He's an eccentric guy, discussing Picasso and Italian traditions while showing off some of his beautiful lunch dishes. The best part of the video is at 3:45, when Bottura instructs a guest to close his eyes and e...

by Stephen Peterson   It has sat empty for several years, but plans are to reopen a new restaurant/lounge at the site of the former Villa Capri off Route 1A. Joseph F. Frisoni Jr. of Foxboro has bought the property and plans to open a 168-seat Italian/American restaurant called Angelina's as soon as December. Selectmen Tuesday night ap...

By Bill Clapper Strolling into Sorentos Italian Gourmet along Marlboro's lively main business district, we knew we were in a special place.   The furnishings and décor spoke of old world charm — or at least what we state-side bound-Americans envision as an Italian restaurant in Italy. Our waiter, dressed in all-black, greeted us and took ou...

By Viviana Devoto Le mani grandi, l'attitudine da ragazzaccio, la pala della pizza maneggiata come un acrobata. Jon Darsky è un tizio svelto: e la sua mente viaggia al pari coi chilometri che attraversa ogni giorno.   La pizza era la sua ossessione, la pizzeria mobile è diventata il suo progetto unico nel mondo. Un camion con dentro un forn...

David Pasternack, who gained a reputation at Esca for his affinity with sea creatures, has a new showcase for Italian seafood. He is introducing uncommon selections, like fusilli with Atlantic surf clams. "Surf clams are my new favorite," he said.   "They're sweet and briny and not at all tough. But nobody here is using them. They're mainly...

You can find hundreds of Italian restaurants around LA, but in fact, there's no such thing as "Italian" food. Rather, this boot-shaped Mediterranean country is made up of at least 20 major regions, each with its own epicurean flair.   To wit: In the north, Piedmont and Lombardy produce rich, creamy dishes and hearty stews. Italy's breadbaske...